Category Archives: Probate

What the Heck Does “Per Stirpes” Mean in My Will?

An estate planning client recently called me to say he wanted the words “per stirpes” removed from his will because he “read on the Internet” that these words were old fashioned, confusing and lead to much litigation. In case you … Continue reading

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Four Key Reasons to Have a Will

The question occasionally arises at a social event when someone introduces me as an attorney who helps people with their estate planning. “I don’t really need a will, do I?” Here are some thoughts on that question. 1. Children – … Continue reading

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When to Update Your Will or Trust

Friends often ask me whether they need to update their Will or Trust. Or the other side of that is the people who just don’t want to be bothered and say, “We already did our Wills” or “We already have … Continue reading

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